Hope for a Better Future (H4BF) is a nonprofit development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls—resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people’s lives.
Guided by the core values of integrity, accountability, respect and creativity, H4BF envisions a world in which the most vulnerable people will have the power to lift themselves out of poverty and to create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and for the future. H4BF is an organization in special consultation status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since November 2020 and equally a member of the NGO Committee on Social development with the UN since the December 2020.
Hope for a better future (H4BF), created in 2009 and registered in 2014 as a cooperative with board of directors, with increasing developmental, violence against women and girls and humanitarian needs and challenges in Cameroon, she was updated as nonprofit organization in 29th June 2017 with Ref No: 19/E.27/750/SAAJP under the Cameroon Government.
In its first 3 years of its existence, H4BF Cameroon did not only succeed in putting up significant work in various areas of development, but built up models for such activity for replication, and have tremendously scaled-up in recent times. Last year H4BF’s programs impacted the lives of over 400,000 people in Cameroon.
We believe that Cameroon has 27 million talents rather than 27 million issues. Therefore, we use the SOFT POWER of music, art, sports and play to mobilize and inspire women and young people.
We believe that there is more in common with us than what divides us. As a result, we facilitate DIALOGUE both inside and among communities and stakeholders.
We think that increasing gender equality is vital to all aspects of a healthy society, from poverty reduction to boosting girls' and boys' health, education, protection, and well-being. As a result, we work to ensure that women and girls have choice over their futures, are regarded as leaders, have access to the resources they need to develop, and live in safe communities where their rights are respected.
Polarization, fanaticism, and conflict are believed to be triggered by a lack of perspective. As a result, we provide PERSPECTIVE to women and young people through skill development, capacity building, and leadership training.
H4BF acknowledges that many forms of shocks and strains, not only major disasters, can damage a family's coping mechanisms and ability to overcome adversity and thrive. As a result, we assist vulnerable communities in overcoming adversity by responding to crises, addressing core causes of vulnerability, and establishing recovery and resilience foundations.
H4BF is dedicated to improving community health, ending hunger, and overcoming adversity around the world. Our efforts affected the lives of almost 2 million people in Cameroon's four regions (North West, South West, Littoral, and West), but what's even more exciting is to see how each of those individuals will continue to make a positive effect in their families and communities in the years ahead.
With our 12 years of experience, we have completed over 254 projects in Cameroon's four regions (North West, South West, West, and Littoral) that have had a significant and lasting societal impact. We welcome you to have a look at some of our stories.
We believe in ‘values' and ‘creating value' at H4BF. A sense of deep empathy, care for others, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to learning, creativity, and developing our individual and communal competence are all part of our common DNA. As a result, value-driven partners such as UN agencies, corporations, and family foundations fund H4BF. We work together to develop campaigns, concepts, and funds that allow us to expand our local influence and make it genuinely sustainable.
We are a diverse, global group that achieves outstanding outcomes by strong individual commitment and common belief in our mission, vision, values, and strategic goals. We retain a commitment to quality and a strong focus on the people and communities we serve as we strive for excellence.
We value personal accountability and respect, as well as equality, inclusion, collaboration, and empowerment. Every day, each of us at H4BF has a responsibility to safeguard our brand and standards. Integrity isn’t just a nice word, it is something we live out every day as we hold ourselves accountable and deliver results.
H4BF People join us because they want to make a difference, and we continue to make a difference together. In Cameroon, we go where the need is highest, to the poorest villages. We fight for transformative change because we believe in people's ability to change their own lives. Individuals, families, local groups, and governments can build on and sustain the victories we achieve together because we leave a lasting, positive communal effect.
Our main purpose is to have a long-term impact on the community. We accomplish this by partnering with residents in the communities we serve to provide the tools, training, and resources they need to rise beyond poverty and provide a healthy, bright future for their family.
We have a set of common principles and an unrelenting commitment to excellence via integrity, collaboration, and dedication. This commitment is critical to preserving our brand, maintaining confidence with our stakeholders, and guaranteeing the highest standards of ethics and behavior in all of our operations. We assume personal responsibility for adhering to the highest professional standards.
H4BF is run by a group of women and young, agile, versatile and enthusiastic young Cameroonians with a 6-man board of directors who are responsible for overseeing and supervising the activities of the organisation. There is the executive director who heads the organisation and directs and coordinates her activities and then the programs coordinator who is responsible for managing all project/program activities including all project constraints such as cost, schedule, risk, human resources, quality, procurements and stakeholders. Each program within the organigram has a sub-program coordinator who reports directly to the Programs Manager and then field workers who coordinate field activities. There is a financial secretary who handles all organisations funds, disbursements and payments. We also have volunteers and interns who are distributed across the various projects and activities of the organisation depending on their stipulated internship objectives.
H4BF is represented in all communities we operate by focal persons. Being a part of the grassroots movement mobilizes them to carryout need assessments in their respective communities with used of prepared templates and tools by H4BF in all 5 areas of intervention, hand in hand with community leaders, H4BF used reports of these assessments for fundraising in which if successful, intervention follows. In this way, the movement can be seen as an inspirational knowledge network of passionate changemakers who constantly motivate each other and co-create for local social impact.